Last week in Madrid my three horses jumped very well. I finished 2nd in the Pusissance with Noctambule Courcelle at 2m12. Sebo, which is a new horse to me (pictured below), jumped really well all weekend and was clear in the 1m45 on Saturday.
The main reason for my trip to these two Spanish shows (Gijon and Madrid), was for K Club Lady's final preparation before the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. Madrid served its purpose well and the mare jumped clear in the jump off on Friday but as it was just a build up to the Grand Prix I decided not to jump off. In the Grand Prix itself she jumped two super clears, placing fifth, and that will be her final competition until the opening day of WEG in just under three weeks time.
Yesterday Robert Splaine announced that the horses and riders that will make up the show jumping team in Kentucky will be the same as those who were victorious in the Nations' Cup in Aachen in July.
So the WEG team is Dermott Lennon with Hallmark Elite; Billy Twomey with Tinka's Serenade; myself with K Club Lady, and Denis Lynch with Lantinus.
It's quite a strong team, it is in fact the strongest team available to Ireland at this minute in time, and while all of you know I am always optimistic I think we do have reason to be quietly confident. Four team players with four classy horses who are all pulling together and I must say creating an atmosphere that is so pleasant to work in, something that was lacking in the past within many teams.
Obviously with the championships being in Kentucky the logistics are immense and arriving there in one piece and passing the vet check will nearly deserve a medal in itself. From here on in the horses will be kept ticking over lightly to keep up their fitness levels and it's everybody's hope and wish that we've no setbacks to any of the team horses and riders between now and then - say a prayer!
I head to Cavan this week where myself and Mark Kinsella and some of my students will compete. My main hope for the week will be Ballymore Eustace in the 6/7 year old championship on Saturday night. If any of you are at a loose end, come to Cavan and cheer us on. Check back next week for more news.